Who is Noah Webster? I’m assuming most people know that Noah Webster published the dictionary. But did you know that he was seventy when it was published, it took him 27 years to complete, and it sold 2500 copies?
In case you haven’t guessed, today is
National Dictionary Day!
To evaluate the etymology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages, including Old English (Anglo-Saxon), German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic and Sanskrit. His dictionary contained seventy thousand words, and twelve thousand of them never had appeared in a dictionary before.
He also believed that the English spelling rules were too complex so he introduced American English spellings, “colour” became “color”, “centre” became “center,” and so on. He also added words such as “skunk” and “squash.”
So how can we celebrate?
Learn a new word, or play a dictionary type game. I love Balderdash!
What are your favorite dictionary based board games? Please share your comments below.
Author Josie Riviera writes Historical, Inspirational, and Sweet Romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.
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